Studies suggest that all amalgam fillings contain approximately 50% mercury. Clinical research also shows that these fillings emit mercury vapor, which may increase your risk of more serious health problems later on. At his self-titled practice in Independence, Missouri, holistic dentist Jack E. Ferguson, DDS, and his team proudly offer mercury filling removal using the Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART). If you want to remove your mercury fillings, make an appointment by calling the office.
Dentists have used traditional amalgam fillings for decades. However, a growing body of evidence suggests these fillings expose patients to mercury fumes, which are highly toxic and are known to cause other health problems. In fact, research shows amalgam fillings release mercury vapors whenever you brush your teeth, clench your teeth, or chew. By removing your existing mercury fillings and replacing them with composite resin fillings, you can preserve both your oral and physical health.
Research suggests your lungs absorb approximately 80% of the mercury vapor released by dental amalgam. Once amalgam enters your lungs, it’s passed onto other areas of your body, including your brain, kidney, liver, and gastrointestinal tract. If you’re pregnant or plan on getting pregnant in the future, mercury vapor can also concentrate in your breast milk, putting your growing child at risk.
Dental mercury exposure is also linked to allergies, cardiovascular problems, hearing loss, and kidney disease. Replacing your traditional amalgam fillings with composite fillings is one of the smartest decisions you can make.
The team at Jack E. Ferguson, DDS LCC performs all mercury fillings removal in-office using the Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART). Before removing your amalgam fillings, your dentist takes a series of safety precautions to ensure your well-being.
Prior to your treatment, your dentist asks you to wear special goggles and a hair cap for protection. They also place a special apron over your chest and clothing. Next, your dentist places a latex dam over your teeth. During treatment, you wear an oxygen mask so you aren’t exposed to mercury fumes.
After taking these preventive measures, your dentist begins the SMART protocol. They carefully remove pieces of your amalgam filling and use a high-speed vacuum to clear out any fumes. After removing your amalgam fillings, your dentist replaces them with biocompatible fillings made of all-natural, non-toxic materials.
To determine if you’re a candidate for mercury fillings removal, make an appointment with the team at Jack E. Ferguson, DDS, LLC. Following an oral exam, review of your medical history, and discussion of your goals for treatment, the team can make treatment recommendations that align with your individual needs.
To learn more about mercury fillings removal, call and request an appointment at Jack E. Ferguson, DDS, LLC today.